My Trip to Rome
Rome had always been an unknown world to me until I was fortunate to visit this historical city two weeks ago. Since I took that trip, my perspective on so many different aspects of life has changed for the better. I was fortunate to see a lot of historical sites, get to know this city in more depth and really picture and imagine life as a Roman 1000 years ago.
But even with all these things, there is just something about “being in Rome” that just touched me in a specific way that I still failed to explain, but I hope that when you visit (if you ever decide to), you’ll understand what I mean. Was is it the incomparably preserved history? Perhaps. Was it the fact that the city just emulates a walking museum? Maybe. Was it its transcendent touch with Catholicism and admirable transformation to a christian city despite being a pagan city in the past? Maybe. Or was it the fact that culture and religion still co-exist with respect to each other? I don’t know. It was just something. But until I figure it out (perhaps tomorrow, in 10 years or at my next visit), allow me to share with you the highlights of my trip, coupled with some uniquely useful advice if you’re planning to visit!
This is how I was able to visit Rome in one week, which was just enough time to make me decide whether or not I would want to come back! Feel free to jump the days and skip to whichever activity you prefer, but don’t forget to absolutely check out the TRAVEL TIPS AND TRICKS and TRAVELING ON A BUDGET sections that are particularly relevant to this trip to Rome!
Monday: Arrival in Rome in the afternoon. I made my first mistake immediately when I arrived! (check it out here) and I hope this never ever happens to you! Eventually, I had dinner with a friend I had met at the Comics Guesthouse.
Tuesday: I woke up late and was really tired, and because I did not want to lose the day, Walked around and took a quick trip to the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.
Wednesday: The public transport system was on strike, and although most sites were within reasonable walking distance from my accommodation, I was pretty worn out and decided to take the day to rest. I am happy I did, because I never really got the chance to rest after my Trip to Durban (South Africa).
Thursday: This was my favorite day. I did a Rome City Walking Tour, and this put everything in perspective for me. In fact, without that tour, I don’t think I’d have been able to grasp the depth of the city of Rome and understand the meaning of every fountain, every building, every sculpture and every structure as well as I do today.
Friday: I visited the Piazza Venetia, the Colosseum and the Roman Forums.
Saturday: The Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel (The Pope’s personal chapel) were the highlights of my day.
Sunday: I went to see the Pope and received his blessing. I also did a tour of St Peter’s Basilica, which is the Basilica where the Pope celebrates masses on special occasions (mostly catholic feasts). In the evening,I did a tour of one of Rome’s most heartwarming neighborhoods, Trastevere.
Hope you feel inspired today!